Iranian and American officials have held secret talks to discuss renewing diplomatic relations if a deal is reached on Iran’s nuclear program and sanctions are lifted, the Times reported early on Monday.
According to the report, the two nations are discussing the possibility of opening a U.S. trade office in Teheran. This would be the first American diplomatic mission in the Islamic republic since the U.S. embassy in Teheran was overrun in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution, leading to the hostage crisis that haunted Jimmy Carter’s presidency.
The Times quotes anonymous Iranian government officials as saying that these talks are due to continue this week in Baku, Azerbaijan, where the Iranian delegation will be headed by Mohammad Reza Sabzalipour, head of Iran’s global trade bureau.
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